In The System – January 30, 2023

By JD Lagrange – In The System has become a very popular feature with our readers. This week, let’s see how the team’s top prospects are progressing. The far right column shows how the players are trending based on the previous week. Remember that this is in no way some expert dissection and in-depth analysis, but rather an overview at one point in time about how those young prospects are producing at their respective level.


First, let’s have a look at the skaters before turning our attention to the goaltenders.

Riley Kidney (C)Gatineau OlympiquesQMJHL392047671.7230+13⬆️
Joshua Roy (W/C)Sherbrooke PhoenixQMJHL342532571.6810+33⬇️
Sean Farrell (C/LW)Harvard Univ.NCAA211222341.6212+13⬆️
Jared Davidson (C)Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL392534591.5140+27➡️
Lane Hutson (D)Boston Univ.NCAA24922311.2918+19⬆️
Cedrick Guindon (LW/C)Owen Sound AttackOHL451738551.228+9⬆️
Owen Beck (C)Peterborough PetesOHL381926451.1820+11⬇️
Vinzenz Rohrer (C/RW)Ottawa 67'sOHL311322351.1314+21⬇️
Filip Mesar (RW/C)Kitchener RangersOHL271115260.968-12⬇️
Logan Mailloux (D)London KnightsOHL361318310.8648+11⬇️
Jesse Ylönen (RW)Laval RocketAHL34819270.7916-4➡️
Nicolas BeaudinLaval RocketAHL20212140.7018+7➡️
Rafaël Harvey-PinardLaval RocketAHL371510250.6820-2➡️
Xavier Simoneau (C)Laval RocketAHL35518230.6631-6➡️
Justin Barron (D)Laval RocketAHL2579160.646-3➡️
Luke Tuch (LW)Boston Univ.NCAA2579160.6411+8⬆️
Rhett Pitlick (LW)Univ. of MinnesotaNCAA2887150.5416+8➡️
Oliver Kapanen (C)KalPaLiiga40811190.4826+3⬆️
Miguël Tourigny (D)HK Dukla TrencinSlovakia29311140.4833-11⬇️
Emil HeinemanLeksands IFSHL215490.436-4⬆️
Jayden Struble (D)Northeastern Univ.NCAA201780.4052+2➡️
Jack Gorniak (LW/C)Univ. WisconsinNCAA233690.3926+2➡️
Blake Biondi (C)Univ. Minnesota-DuluthNCAA173360.354-4➡️
Mattias Norlinder (D)Laval RocketAHL401780.2014-9⬆️
Jan Mysak (C/LW)Laval RocketAHL202130.154-7➡️

Joshua Roy, who has been at the top in points per game all year, has been dethroned by Riley Kidney, thanks to a 2.75 pts/gp pace since traded to Gatineau. Sean Farrell has closed the gap in the top-3 as well with an excellent week. Lane Hutson is also continuing his steady climb to the top.

Owen Beck, who averaged 1.37 pts/gp in Mississauga, is struggling since the trade to Peterborough, averaging only 0.50 pts/gp. Here’s hoping his one game call-up in Montreal will serve as a boost. And for the first time this season, Filip Mesar has fallen to below a point per game. 


And now, to the organization’s goaltending prospects…

Jakub DobesOhio State Univ.NCAA262.18.921➡️
Emmett CroteauWaterloo Black HawksUSHL132.87.897➡️
Cayden PrimeauLaval RocketAHL163.51.892⬆️
Frederik DichowFrölunda HCSHL103.25.888➡️
Joe VrbeticTrois-Rivières LionsECHL163.69.888⬆️
Laval RocketAHL44.05.871➡️

It amazes me to see how few games the Canadiens’ goaltending prospects play both in Europe and outside the CHL. It’s pretty hard to develop when you have played fewer than 20 games all year at this point! Perhaps the organization needs to focus on CHL goalies if they want to see some improvement in net at the NHL level one day?

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